EOTH’s Top 25 Countdown Revisited (#25-23)
Welcome back for another season of EOTH’s review of the Pre-Season Top 25 Countdown. I think this sort of review of our expectations vs. reality is a useful exercise for fans. Usually this feature is done immediately following the end of football season. However, this year, I thought it would be most useful to look at this comparison right before the start of spring practice, which commences on Saturday, March 2nd.
As you will recall, EOTH readers were asked to use the following criteria when evaluating the players:
- The players’ past performance (in the 2012 pre-season, unlike every other year, readers were allowed to rank freshmen)
- The players’ performance during spring practice or last year
- The players’ raw athletic ability including performance in the weight room and 40 times
- How essential the players’ success is to the team’s success as a whole (meaning if he gets knocked out, we will probably lose the game)
#25 Maurice Hagens
2012 Pre-Season Outlook: With Lamar Miller gone, the ‘Canes ground game must adapt. Look for Hagens to be used in pacakges with Mike James, Eduardo Clements, and Randy “Duke” Johnson where the ‘Canes can take advantage of his size (5-11 / 240) to assist with blocking, as well as draw on his experience from 2012 for special plays where he is the receiving target for Morris.
2012 Performance: Hagens played in all 12 games at fullback, making four starts. He contributed one rush for 3 yards, 5 catches for 25 yards, one tackle on special teams , and one kick return for 11 yards in season-opening win at Boston College. His first reception of season came on 8-yard grab vs. Bethune-Cookman, and thelone tackle came at Georgia Tech. Hagens added an 11-yard reception against Notre Dame, a 3-yard rush and 6-yard reception against North Carolina, and one reception in back-to-back games vs. Virginia Tech and at Virginia. Hagens was named University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Unsung Hero Award at team’s end-of-season banquet.
#24 Rashawn Scott
2012 Pre-Season Outlook: Rashawn Scott has a Golden opportunity (sorry, the Golden puns are hard to resist) this season to explode and become a star offensive player for the Hurricanes. Coach has praised his work ethic and it is clear that there is a ton of talent and potential. Honestly, we don’t know enough about him to be able to accurately predict his performance this fall after a good spring performance, but the opportunity is there, and a breakfout season from Scott is most definitely needed.
2012 Performance: Scott played in nine games, missing the final three, finishing as the team’s second-leading receiver with 512 yards and 3 TDs on 35 catches. Scott had multiple catches in all 9 games played, recording 39 yards on four catches in road loss at Kansas State, 48 yards and three catches in OT win at Georgia Tech, a career-high 180 yards and 2 TDs on six catches in win over NC State, tied career high with six catches for 72 yards in loss to North Carolina, and had 50 yards on three catches vs. Virginia Tech.
#23 Shane McDermott
2012 Pre-Season Outlook: This is Shane’s year to shine. He has the size and experience under his belt, and with Kehoe’s coaching to boot, I think he can protect Morris, make him look good, and help open up some holes for the ‘Canes run attack.
2012 Performance: McDermott started all 12 games at center in 2012, anchoring an offensive line that paved the way for the third-best passing offense (295.4) and the fifth-best total offense (440.2) in the ACC. He is one of six Hurricanes to earn All-ACC honorable mention from league coaches.
Stay tuned, ‘Canes fans as we next revisit #22-20 (Thomas Finnie, Clive Walford, and Brandon Linder). GO ‘CANES!